Best Of May 2017 (Cruelty-free And Vegan)

The time has come, people.

By: Amber x Dani

1. Cinnamon Projects “I Feel Love” Roll-On 

First of all, it’s not a perfume. It’s an Accord. Secondly, it’s dark and smooth with the right amount of drama without being overbearing. Amber, iris, leather, myrrh, and oud. We wore it only on our wrists and an hour later regretted that we hadn’t rolled it over every inch of my body. This is the perfect nighttime scent and perfume oils are about to have a movement. You heard it here first. Also really love that Cinnamon Projects makes all their scents in NYC and don’t test on animals (duh!). They make insanely good incenses too.

2. Context Intensive SPF 15 Daily Moisturizer

We love this moisturizer. We love the texture and the smell – fresh and citrus-y. Even though it only has an SPF of 15, it’s perfect for rainy days or days when we’re just staying in the house (because, yes, we wear SPF even when the sun isn’t out). And since the weather here in New York has been nothing but rain and clouds for the past month, we’ve been reaching for this pretty much every day. Paraben, sulfate and pthalate-free, but we swear you would never know because it’s so creamy and gives you that hydrated feel. You can read our full review on it here.

3. Freedom Sensitive Unscented Deodorant

It’s no secret — all natural deodorants are not created equal. Some of them work, some of them just don’t. Our beauty cabinet currently has about five sticks of natural deodorants and for the entire month we grabbed this one, even if it was tucked behind the other four. (BTW, this is what happened when we first tried natural deodorant for a week.) There’s just this really nice texture it has. Also, after using this for such a good stretch we’re kind of rethinking even using scented formulas. That’s big coming from two people who love for everything to smell like roses and firewood, and normally make no exceptions. But the reality is we usually layer on so many different scents anyway so it doesn’t even make a difference. We also enjoy the pits of our tops not having such a strong fragrance in between wears.

At just over fifteen dollars, it’s definitely more of a premium deodorant (you can find it online or at upscale spas, apothecaries, and boutiques), but we have no problem paying more for products that aren’t going to do any harm. Ira Green, the creator of the brand, said that the catalyst for formulating an all-natural formula was because so many of her friends were developing cancer and other diseases from using products with harsh, toxic chemicals.

The only downfall is that the roll-on version does contain beeswax. Ugh. Why? So if you’re vegan like us, go for the spray version. It’s completely animal-product free and works just as well. P.S. The bergamot-mint scented collection is also perfect for this time of year because the mint is super cooling.

4. MarulaOil Rare Oil Volumizing Conditioner

We’re very rarely impressed by a conditioner because, well, our hair is extremely thin and dry and no conditioner ever really makes a difference, no matter what the claims are. And to be frank, this one didn’t do much in the volumizing department either. So why is this product in my favorites for this month, you ask? Even though it didn’t give our hair bigger-than-life volume, it’s still a really great conditioner. First off, the smell is incredible. Like, seriously addictive. The Marula oil we found to be super moisturizing, which is more important to us than any added “volume” (we have thin hair, we will always have thin hair, we’ve accepted it). We used it as a rinse out conditioner in the shower and then again as a leave-in and both ways made our hair unbelievably soft. Definitely would repurchase this.

5. Shea Moisture African Black Soap

If you have any skin issues – acne, eczema, psoriasis – and you’ve never tried African Black soap, you need to get on it. It’s made from palm ash, tamarind extract, tar and plantain peel, which explains the dark pigment. Recently, we’d been breaking out like crazy all across our upper back, shoulders, chest, and a little on our arms, and ever since we started using this bar, the breakouts have calmed down. Another thing we love about this soap (and all the soaps from Shea Moisture’s line) is that it’s completely natural, but still lathers beautifully, which is a requirement of ours when it comes to bar soaps. It leaves your skin soft and refreshed, and we love the after-shower scent that lingers when we use this soap.

6. Honest Beauty Invisible Blurring Powder

Because the day we tried this translucent powder was the day we put it on auto-order. It’s that good. Since we’re post Accutane, we really don’t have to deal with drippy skin anymore. But SPF, it’s our religion, and even though we’ve found a formula that isn’t icky and weird, it still leaves a slight sheen that this powder easily cancels out. If there’s only three things we can do before running out of the apartment, it’s a swipe of our go-to my-lips-but-better lipstick, quick fill of our brows with a little powder, and few circular swipes of this powder over our faces. We never wear face makeup (like an actual foundation or tinted moisturizer) and wearing this is the closest we’re going to get to poreless skin. A more in-depth review is here.

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